Media Bias, Quality of Jewish Life

More than 78,000 Facebook and Instagram Users Permanently Banned

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Facebook removed over 78,000 profiles on Facebook and Instagram, claiming they had shared QAnon content and other “militarized social movement” content, from August 2020 and onward. A Facebook update issued January 19 said as follows: “We continue to strengthen our enforcement by identifying additional militarized social movements, new terms associated with QAnon and how people attempt to skirt our detection, including focusing more on Facebook profiles used to organize and promote these movements and groups on our platform.”

So what’s the problem with this? There is no process for appeal. If Facebook mistakenly bans this or that profile, there’s no one to talk to. Facebook fact-checkers have also become more intrusive of late, adding notices to posts of conservative news items that they “lack context” and sometimes banning such content altogether. This is not a process of weeding out the danger of incitement to violence, but something else, and it’s called “censorship” and a violation of our freedoms.

Many think that Facebook wants to rid its platform of any who dare to think outside of the far-left progressive box of group-think. Perhaps they even hope we’ll leave on our own. But considering what happened to Parler, there will soon be no place left to go.

We might have to take up reading, instead. Or maybe even learn some Torah! Now, wouldn’t that be something?